PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has approved the conduct of an investigation into allegations that former Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro physically abused her Filipina household staff, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this confirmation after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the agency would need to get approval from the President before it can initiate an investigation against the envoy.
“Pinayagan na po ng Presidente ang Department of Foreign Affairs na imbestigahan ang dating Philippine Ambassador to Brazil na si Marichu Mauro,” Roque said in a press briefing from Bohol.
Roque said the President has to give the go-signal to investigate because envoys are presidential appointees.
He said Duterte’s decision to give immediate approval to conduct an investigation means that he wants justice served to the Filipina household staff.
“Yung mabilisan pong pag-authorize sa DFA na imbestigahan si Ambassador Mauro ay indicative na kinakailangan bigyan ng katarungan yung naging biktima ng karahasan na kasambahay na kababayan natin,” he said.
Brazilian news outlet Globo News earlier released CCTV footage supposedly showing Mauro repeatedly “berating and mistreating” her Filipina household staff. Philippine News Agency